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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Safe for My Pipes? September 19, 2018

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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Safe for My Pipes?, Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Many homeowners use chemical drain cleaners to dissolve clogs in their pipes. However, this quick and cheap fix can actually inflict extensive and costly damage on your plumbing system. Read on to learn more about the long-term effects of chemical drain cleaners and why you should opt for a plumber to deal with the clog.

Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaners may be designed to dissolve blockages in pipes, but to do so, they have to contain powerful chemicals like acids and solvents. These chemicals heat up, causing the deterioration of older pipes and the softening of plastic piping. Over time, these softened sections can become holes, which must be repaired to avoid water damage. If you have a septic system, the chemicals in drain cleaners also kill the good bacteria that aids in the treatment of wastewater in your tank.

In addition to harming your plumbing system, chemical drain cleaners have high toxicity levels and can cause serious burns if they come into contact with your skin.

Why You Should Hire a Plumber

plumberCalling a licensed plumber is the best response to a blockage or backup in your drain. They have the experience and own the tools needed to assist with both minor and extensive clogs and offer a long-term solution to the problem. While you may have to pay for the initial cost of repair, they can prevent long-term damage to your plumbing and septic systems, saving you money over time.


Whether you have a leaky faucet or a backed-up pipe, always turn to a licensed plumber for quality repair and maintenance. The premier contractors at Walter’s in Ellsworth, WI, provide a wide selection of high-quality residential and commercial solutions, from plumbing and HVAC services to septic system maintenance and electrical repair. Give them a call today at (715) 792-5336 to request a free estimate or to learn more about their full range of products and services.

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